Qualifying Criteria

We will go through your complete application very carefully. Primary & secondary qualifying criteria will be examined before confirming your entry. Primary criteria will clearly layout the type of races & distances you should have completed in a time frame mentioned below.
Under Secondary Criteria, your whole ultra running history will be taken into account. Message / purpose in your application will be read by us carefully before coming to any conclusion.
In case you do not meet Primary qualifying criteria, your secondary qualifying criteria will be taken into consideration; no. of remaining spaces will be assessed before confirming a status of participation to you.

33 Km Qualifying

Applicant should have done:

  • A half marathon in 2.5 hrs (since August 2020) OR;
  • A full marathon in 5 hrs (since August 2020) OR;
  • Completing the OOTYULTRA 30 km category under 4 hrs. To sign up for this event, click here

Please do remember that 33 at La Ultra is like a full marathon in plains and 55 is like a 80 k.

55 Km Qualifying

Applicant should meet the following criteria:

  • Has finished the 33 km category at Garhwal Runs 2021 in the cut-off time. OR;
  • Has done a full marathon (42 km) distance between Jan – June 2021. OR;
  • Completed the OOTYULTRA 60 km category under 8 hrs. To sign up for this event, click here
111 Km Qualifying
  • Applicant should have completed the 74 km  Garhwal Runs in the same calendar year. Ex – 2021 Garhwal Runs will serve as a qualifying run for the 2021 La Ultra. OR;
  • Has taken part in and completed at-least one race with distance being at-least 100 Km or above in non-stop category from January 2020 to April 2021. Previous ultra running record will also be assessed. OR;
  • Has taken part in a 24 hr nonstop race from January 2020 to April 2021. Total distance covered in such a race will be taken into account and not mere completionPrevious ultra running record will also be assessed. OR;
  • Completed the OOTYULTRA 90 km category under 12 hrs. To sign up for this event, click here.

Example of Races that qualify – Bangalore Ultra 100 KmNilgiri 100 , Annapurna 100 Km race (Nepal)Khardung Challenge (72 Km)Malnad Ultra, Javadhu Hills 100The Windchasers Nilgiri Ultra, OOTY ULTRA 90 km

222 Km Qualifying
  • Applicant should have taken part in and completed the 222 Km or 111 Km distance at La Ultra – The High in any of the previous editions. OR;
  • Should have taken part in and completed at-least one race with distance being 100 miles and above in nonstop category from August 2019 to April 2021. Previous ultra running record will also be assessed. OR;
  • Should have taken part in a 24 / 48 hr nonstop race from January 2020 to April 2021. Total distance covered in such a race will be taken into account and not mere completion. Previous ultra running record will also be assessed.

Example of Races – Leadville 100 mile race, Yukon Arctic 100 mile, UTMB, The Hammer Trail, Brazil 135 etc, Kutch 160 Km,  Bhatti Lakes 100 Mile or 220 Km solo, Western Ghats 160 K

333 Km Qualifying
  • Applicant should have taken part in and completed the 222 Km or 333 Km distance at La Ultra – The High in any of the previous editions. OR;
  • Should have taken part in and completed a race with distance of at-least 200 miles in nonstop category from August 2019 to April 2021. OR;
  • Applicant should have taken part in and completed multiple races with distance in each being at-least 100 miles in nonstop category from January 2019 to April 2021. Previous ultra running record will also be assessed.

Example of races – Spartathlon, Badwater Ultra Marathon, Cost to Kosci ultra marathon, Spine Race, Brazil 160 mile race, Yukon Arctic ultra (320 mile / 420 mile race), JOGLE Ultra etc.

555 Km Qualifying
  • Those who have run the 222 Km La Ultra in 10 years OR; have run the 333 Km La Ultra in any of the previous 7 editions are welcome to apply.
  • We also welcome other ultra-runners who have not taken part in La Ultra yet but have many years of experience in ultra running and have finished numerous 100 mile & 200 mile races around the world in varying conditions such as terrain & temperature following a defined time limit.

 

Note for all categories: Finishing a race mentioned as a qualifying race does not guarantee an entry to La Ultra – The High. Overall ultra-running experience & race profiles are assessed before coming to a decision. E.g. – Finishing a race with tougher elevation profile & hilly terrain will have more weight than a track / stadium run. Also, meeting the qualifying criteria doesn’t guarantee you a slot at the start line. It is the organizer’s decision to accept a name or reject it, at our own discretion. Keeping in mind the COVID pandemic and lack of organized races in the last one year, we recommend you to share about your training runs and self supported races as well in the application. 

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